Hello to all on this thread.
I'm a Leicester based (born & bred!) filmmaker. I mainly work in corporate films as that's where the money is but to keep sane
I make short documentaries on youtube about subjects that I'm interested in and that I think have a wide audience. They are quite high quality
and the kind of thing that probably could be on TV, you can see here:https://www.youtube.com/user/mglmedia
A friend of mine told me the "Palitoy Landfill legend" and I thought it would make a great short film. To get the ball rolling I have filmed Matt Fox at
"May The Toys Be With You" exhibition which has come "home" to New Walk Museum in Leicester. I then started doing some research and found you guys
& it seems some of you have already thought the subject might make an interesting film too.
It seems Kenner always gets the focus in the Star Wars toy documentary field which I think leaves a gap for a homegrown film with a sense of humour.
For example as a tag line "They found a king under a car park, now they are looking for The Emperor"
Obviously it will be done with affection for the subject, my late gran worked at Palitoy in the Action Man days as they lived in Coalville . I collected the toys in their heyday but I'm no expert these days... now it won't be a "serious" film about how they were made, more a light-hearted caper of a treasure hunt with the story of the fall & rise of the toys post 1985 as a sub narrative. I also want to cover the "value" now of the figures, how what was once trash is now treasure
So I'm looking for Star Wars toys fans who are interested in taking up the challenge to try and find this legendary landfill once and for all, and be filmed unfolding the story
and becoming detectives/Star Wars Time team. I can't promise a satisfactory conclusion, but I think telling the story & tracking down Palitoy employees who may have been involved in the disposal. We know of Bob Brechen
These things can take time to make as they are self funded & fit around day jobs. If it looks like we are gathering a lot of great interviews and footage and it looks more like a feature than a short then it could be crowdfunded perhaps.
Drop me a line on here or I can post my email (if that's allowed on here) it's early days but we have stuff in the can and a lot of people I talk to locally love
the idea of this film. All the best Matt.